“Shanaplan” Changes With Stamkos

TORONTO (June 27) — Through decades of failure, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been brilliant at selling Kool Aid to their followers. Year after year, gallons of the sugary liquid are consumed by the National Hockey League’s most dehydrated market.… Read More

Leafs Could Be Wasting Millions

TORONTO (May 2) — Shocking, wasn’t it, that Brendan Shanahan refused to reveal the Maple Leafs’ plan after winning the draft lottery on Saturday? The same Shanahan who hired a general manager that wouldn’t confirm the chill of an arctic… Read More

Blue Jays A Small Potato at Rogers

Rogers is pretty big — it’s a multi–billion–dollar cable and cellphone company that just happens to dabble in sports. That can be hard to accept as you sit there in your official jersey while wearing your giant foam finger, but Read More

Don’cha Stop Nothing?

Going round and round… ’cause you can’t get on your feet; Going round and round… still taking all the heat. — Ric Ocasek, The Cars, 1986 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 18) — Oh, it was just what he needed.Read More

Um, We’ve Seen This Before

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Nov. 16) — The organist at First Niagara Center pounds out the beat to “Let’s Go Buffalo!” before virtually every face-off. Perhaps he might play Deja Vu — the old song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Read More

Oh No Buffalo!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 29) – Okay, Leaf fans. We know you aren’t expecting much tonight in Buffalo. Nor should you. First Niagara Center (nee HSBC Arena, nee Marine Midland Arena) has been a snake-pit for the Blue and Read More

Carlyle Needs a Vacation – Already

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 4) – It took Randy Carlyle exactly one month to blow his cover and vent some of the exasperation smoldering within him as coach of the Maple Leafs. Sigmund Freud wouldn’t go near this group Read More

Robitaille Remembers Imlach: Good and Bad

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 3) – Happily for me, I walked into the Sabres dressing room at First Niagara Center after the morning skate today with one of my favorite people in the game: broadcaster and ex-Buffalo defenseman Mike Read More
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